Hello art fans. The summer is over, Labor Day is past us, grill tongs and forks are being traded in for rakes, and school is back in session. We are looking forward to another great year of imagination and creativity, with some learning and skill building worked in too. Here is the first lesson completed this year (way to go 5th grade): Insect notan collage.
Students first observed and drew insects from photographs. They then traced the shapes of those bugs carefully as possible and cut 1/2 the shape from white paper. Placed on top of colored paper and flipping the cut image created these beautiful, stark, high-contrast images in the Japanese notan style. Notan is a Japanese term which literally means “light dark harmony”. Artists sometimes use “notan studies” to explore different arrangements of light and dark elements in a artwork, without having the distraction of other elements like color, texture and finer details. They can also just show a beautiful simplicity of contrast as they do with these insects.
Stay tuned for more art and more blog posts as the year continues.